Saturday, June 27, 2015

417.5 Available = Available version 2.0

My one bedroom apartment at 417.5 Princeton has become available again. Unfortunately, the previous tenant broke his lease early, and left me empty handed during the summer months. I decided to take this opportunity to replace the carpet, and do some maintenance on the place.

I'd like to have a twelve month lease, at $600 / month for this apartment. I cover water, sewage, garbage, and internet access, and the tenant will need to cover electricity and gas. I like to get first month's, last month's, and a month of damage deposit, as a condition of starting this lease.

Since the last blog post, all of the kitchen cabinets have been resurfaced. More importantly, the carpet has all been replaced as well. The carpet was looking pretty worn (white), and I'm happy to take this opportunity to replace it all (with brown.)

If you're interested in this place, please call me at 505-750-1169. If I do not pick up, send me a text message at the same number.

Below are some pictures of the place. A lot of these are from a previous blog post I wrote about the place, but there are some new pictures below as well.

This picture, and the below two, show the newly refinished kitchen cabinets. 


The white carpet is no longer there - now it's brown.

The bedroom now has brown carpet. The white carpet was EXTREMELY worn, and needed to be replaced.

It's interesting how different the bathroom seems with slightly different decorations.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Professional Headshots

There are many opportunities for promoting my business that can use professional headshots. By "headshots" I mean a business/profession photograph in which a person's head is the primary focus of the image, rather than a debilitating blow to the head.

My friend Efrain Grijalva has been interested in photography since I met him, thirteen years ago as an undergrad. Lately, he's been expressing an interest in taking headshots. I volunteered to be his model, since I'm positive I can use some (updated) images of myself when promoting software development services. Below are the results.

 This one is my favorite. I seriously think it could be a stock photo. 

I like this one, but I think if you look closely you can see the PhotoShop.

Overall, I'm extremely happy with the outcome. I would recommend ironing your shirt beforehand, as opposed to stuffing it in a backpack with a laptop and biking everywhere. If you're interested in having professional headshots done, give Efrain a call at 505- 453-5700.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Coyotes in the Diversion Channel Trail + Biking In Albuquerque In General

Be careful while riding your bike in Albuquerque. You have to deal with trucks running you over, coyotes, and homeless people. However, we do have amazing bicycle trails, lanes, and dedicated paths. Below is a bit of background before I expand more on the coyote element.

I try and ride my bike everywhere. Mostly, this is because I cannot stand sitting around in traffic, I am cheap and don't like paying for gasoline and car maintenance, and I want to have enough time to do lots of cardiovascular exercise each day, since I have a super sedentary occupation. The only way I found that I have enough time in the day to get exercise as I'd like is if I replace all commuting time with cardio time.

Normally, this is a pretty good trade, or I think I come out ahead. For example, it takes me about ten minutes to drive to my gym with traffic. On average, I bike there in twenty minutes. So, I spend forty minutes biking (round trip) to avoid twenty minutes of diving and get forty minutes of cardio in. This allows me to avoid doing 30-40 minutes of cardio at the gym, since I'm doing it on my commute to the gym. So I can focus on strength, flexibility through yoga, or playing handball. That seems like a good trade off to me, especially since it's way cheaper to maintain my bicycle than my car. There are other factors to weigh in and balance when making this decision (such as your relative likeness to die from a bicycle related risk, as opposed to morbid obesity...) One of these factors is the presence of coyotes.

One thing that I have start considering are coyote risks. In the past few months, I'm positive I saw coyotes twice, and I think I may have seen them two other times but I'm not sure. I've been riding my bicycle to a client's office, far on the north part of Albuquerque. Here is the route I take. It's about a ten mile ride, and runs north / south along Albuquerque. I saw individual coyotes twice, running along the channel. Both times they were a bit south of Montgomery street.

The last time I saw a coyote, a domesticated dog was trying to kill it. The dog was chasing the coyote up and down the channel trail. I am positive the dog was domesticated because it had a lease trailing behind it, as though someone was taking it for a walk, and it saw the coyote, escaped to freedom and made an attempt at carnage. Unfortunately, the dog was considerably slower than the coyote. The dog was also a LOT bigger, maybe clocking in at 40-50 lbs while the coyote was around 20-30 lbs.

Just like homeless people, one out-of-control coyote wouldn't be that dangerous. I think I wouldn't be afraid until there were three or more of them, and behaving aggressively. Due to my extreme weight restrictions while on a bicycle, and Albuquerque laws against publicly discharging firearms, I don't think that packing iron is a good potential solution. I'm leaning more and more towards getting a very lightweight ceramic knife, and a nice sheath. Since I have no idea how to actually use a knife in a fight, I'm not sure if I wouldn't be better off with, or without one. I'll likely ask my friend Jeremy (very into defense) his opinion, and consider taking a knife fighting class with these guys. That would be a fun thing to do with a friend. "What did you do this weekend?" "My friend Brian and I took a knife fighting class together." 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Paul Van Dyke

Yesterday my friend Jeremy and I went to see Paul Van Dyke play at "The Stage" which is the nightclub inside the Santa Anna Star casino, in Bernalillo. It was a fun show, and I'm happy I was able to spend time with my friend Jeremy.

It has been a few years since I went to listen to a DJ play. Despite riding my bike between about 40-70 miles a week, my legs were extremely tired after standing, and dancing, from 9:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. The liquid anesthetic (beer) I took helped, but wore off after a while, and I was completely exhausted by the end of the show.

Someone did make it rain, which means they threw a large number of dollar bills into the air, and then they rain down for people to grab. During this cash thunderstorm, I was able to catch four one-dollar bills, and avoid being trampled, or trampling anyone else. It has always been one of my life goals to be caught in a cash rainstorm, but I was somewhat disappointed. The rain-er probably threw $300 to the rain-iees, but the downpour only lasted a few seconds. I realize that for my vision of rain to come to pass, about $4,000 in one dollar bills would need to be dropped from a significant height. This is not something I see myself doing.

Another fun thing was speaking Russian with a drunk guy. His friend was telling me he was from the Czeck Republic, and I asked "You don't happen to speak Russian, do you?" and he replied "no", but his friend interjected "I do." So, then we started talking in Russian. I am always surprised by where I find Russians in New Mexico.

Overall, I'm happy I went to the show with my friend Jeremy.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Super Sweet Startup Digs

Today I found out that I was one of the winners of the Super Sweet Startup Digs Contest put on by ABQid and FatPipe. Thanks to the organizations for giving away office space and coaching/mentoring. I'm not positive who, or if all the winners, won the $350 for a business wardrobe makeover, and a spa treatment in Albuquerque. As a particularly well dressed ex-girlfriend can attest to, I definitely could use a business wardrobe makeover! I'm excited to go in tomorrow to FatPipe and see what's going on and find out more information. I'm pretty sure I got free office space out of the contest, and tomorrow I'll figure out the details.

Also thanks to my friend, Mariya Tseptsura, for editing my application and offering me lots of suggestions on making it better.